Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection
(The Selection #1)
by Kiera Cass

Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 327
ISBN: 9780062059932
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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. (Goodreads)
America Singer is one of thirty-five girls competing for a chance to win Prince Maxon’s heart in The Selection. Unlike the other girls in the competition, America could care less about winning. All she wants is to marry her secret love, Aspen. But things get complicated for America after she meets and gets to know Prince Maxon. Can her future be different than what she had planned?

America was definitely an interesting character. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if she and I were going to get along well at first. However, she did grow on me throughout the book, thankfully. I really loved the she stood up for what she believed in, and wanted all people to be treated equally. That is a very admirable quality in a main character, and definitely earns her points in my book.

The love triangle in the book is between America’s secret love; Aspen, and Prince Maxon. It really wasn’t much of a triangle for me, as I picked sides fairly early on in the book. Prince Maxon is a true prince; he’s sweet and caring, and definitely a gentleman. The romance between him and America was very charming. Aspen, on the other hand, came across as a bit shady to me. I somewhat felt that he had ulterior motives, but I can’t quite figure out why I feel that way about him. I’m definitely curious to meet him again in the next book.

The storyline was definitely interesting, and the book was extremely well paced. Towards the middle of the book is where I officially became hooked and flew through the pages. The plot somewhat reminded me of The Bachelor, (I’ve only seen a few episodes, however.) I had seen the book was compared to The Hunger Games, so I was expecting something completely different than what I got. Instead of fighting to the death, it was more cat fights and drama. I still found it to be an enjoyable read.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun read that swept me away from reality for a few hours. I’m even more excited to see the TV show now that I have read the book. And I can’t wait to read more in this awesome trilogy!

Happy Reading!


  1. I really look forward to read The Selection and I also can't wait to watch the tv-show !! Great review Christy :)

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one. I have to admit I haven't been sure if I wanted too because I've seen all the author bashing around but I went with what I thought and I've requested so hopefully I can see what all the fuss is about. Awesome review hun!

  3. This one was so addicting! I went into it not knowing if I would like it but then I got hooked and couldn't put it down. It was a fun read. Great review!

  4. Her name is America!? Teehee. I have seen so many mixed opinions on this I'm seriously wary of it. It sounds pretty good though I love a good romance although I've never watched the Bachelor (so weird that it compares to it lol). Awesome review! :)

  5. I agree, I wasn't overly fond of America, but she grew on me a bit. I especially liked that she treated everyone the same, regardless of their rank is society.

    I am excited to see what they do with the show as well.

    I feel like by marketing it as a dystopian people are going into it thinking it's going to be like the Hunger Games, which is not at all what they are going to get from this book.

    I am glad you enjoyed it too! Can't wait to talk about it with you! I want more details on your Aspen dislike! :)

  6. This sounds so interesting and the fact that you compare it to the Bachelor makes me want to read it even more! That show is like a guilty pleasure haha. Can't wait to see how Maxom and Aspen compare, and for the show to come out!

  7. I really enjoyed this one, it was as you said a light and fun read! I also didn't really feel the Triangle, I was actually surprised to see Aspen again, Coincidence muchß?
    I liked Maxon but I wanted him to be more shiny and more edge, he clearly was more Prince Charming ... I'm so excited for the TV show though!!Can't wait for it to go live!!!

  8. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, the middle is what got me hooked as well. I also liked how America stood up for what she believed. The love triangle was kinda just meh for me but I personally am leaning more toward Aspen but I guess we'll see. I'm very excited to read the next book though, can't wait to see what happens next. Great review :)

  9. I got a bit scared as I started to read many mixed reviews during the last weeks, so I'm really happy that you enjoyed THE SELECTION! I have an eARC of this and really hope to get to it soon as this sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. (And even without having read it yet, I'm terribly excited for the TV show - soooo awesome!) :)

  10. I'm not really sure why this one is being compared to The Hunger Games - aside for the choosing of "delegates" so to speak, they're very different:) Glad you enjoyed this one Christy, I just had fun reading it and will be very curious to see where it goes!

  11. I posted my review for this one today, too, and I agree with you about Aspen. He was a bit of an asshole and full of too many insecurities. I feel like he'd only drag America down with his negativity so I have my fingers crosed for Maxon! I did have a few issues with the book, but I did find it fairly enjoyable. Great review, Christy!

  12. I felt the same way about America! I was kind of meh about her at first and then, I liked her. Can't wait to see what happens next (wasn't a fan of Aspen when he returned. At that point, I really liked Maxon and Aspen was a distant memory...).

  13. Great review..i am team Maxon too! My opinion of America was the same and yours, this was a fun read and i adore the cover, I am looking forward to book two.

  14. I enjoyed this book and I am team Maxon too. Great review, I had the same opinion of America as you, this was a fun read and I am looking forward to book two. I adore the cover.

  15. Thanks for the review! I'm really, really looking forward to this book and it's nice to hear more thoughts about it :) I wish I had it in my hands NOW!

  16. Aspen did seem super shady, didn't he? After his callous treatment of America, I knew I would not be liking him and was so pissed off when he crept back into her life. I just wanted her to commit wholeheartedly to Maxon since he was ready to do the same for her.


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